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U.S. Tries To Link Activist to Al Qaeda

Federal prosecutors in Chicago, preparing for the first criminal trial of a Muslim charitable activist since Sept. 11, 2001, on terrorism-related charges, have assembled 102 pages of powerful allegations about his foundation’s intimate links with al Qaeda and various extremist movements over the past 15 years. The activist, Enaam Arnaout, head of the Benevolence International Foundation, was once Osama bin Laden’s chauffeur, according to the prosecutors’ account. The government says he also helped funnel money and equipment to al Qaeda operatives on three continents and provided cover for top bin Laden aides who were trying to build chemical and nuclear weapons — all while posing as the director of a charity that aids needy Muslims. Full Story

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